During the fifth ODI of the ongoing India's tour of New Zealand at Wellington, former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni created a chance out of nowhere to dismiss New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham. Dhoni finished with 193 runs in the recently concluded three match ODI series against Australia and was adjudged the Man of the Series for his performance in the series.
Rayudu, dropped by Trent Boult on 60, had eight fours and four sixes in his innings and a century in his sights when he was caught off Matt Henry, New Zealand's most successful bowler. New Zealand, however, is likely to miss out opener Martin Guptill who suffered a back injury during practice.
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"The partnership from Rayudu and Shankar was crucial".
But when the swing bowlers were taken out of the equation, Rayudu and Vijay Shankar toyed with the attack as New Zealand used another five bowlers in a fruitless search for a wicket. As it turns out, he was not out - the ball would have gone over the stumps, but he decided not to review, leaving another rebuild for Kane Williamson to lead.
"But I guess there's a little bit of a theme throughout the series although there were some improving signs today, we just wanted to take them a little bit further". Shankar batted at No. 6 ahead of allrounder Jadhav and consolidated with Rayudu by putting on 98 runs for the fifth wicket with a patient 45 off 64 balls.More news: Officials urge vaccinations amid Northwest measles outbreak
It was a rare failure from the veteran, who hit peak form at the start of the year after a bleak 2018 in which he could manage only 275 runs in 20 matches.
India has already sealed the series with victories in the first three games. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed three wickets as India bundled out New Zealand for 217 in 44.1 overs. We just lost wickets at the wrong time. An lbw appeal was turned down, but Neesham - completely unaware - wandered out of his crease, and Dhoni pounced, throwing down the stumps.That left too much to do for the tail, ensuring a drab end to a dreary series. We obviously had a conversation and Ross has been batting absolutely beautifully so it's actually hard when you realise you make a mistake through our communication but unfortunately it's one of those things and you do need to move on. The team management might also want to test Mohammed Siraj as Khaleel Ahmed wasn't very impressive in the last game.More news: NITI Aayog Jumps To Defend Modi’s Jobs Record As Debate Rages